Found September 07, 2013 on The Sports Post:
There is no defensive play more valuable than the strikeout. It can kill rallies, stymie runs and deflate an opposing team. This season, we've seen the emergence of two pitchers who through a combination of filthy “stuff” and intuitive pitch selection have established themselves as the true Kings of the K. The Whirling Darvish If you were to biologically engineer the perfect strikeout pitcher in a lab, it would probably resemble Yu Darvish to a tee – flawless mechanics, good velocity on his fastball and startling arsenal of pitches to work with.  His prowess on the mound has placed the 27-year-old, Japanese-born hurler atop to the league in Ks (240), and has brought him five 14 strikeout bids. The only other pitchers to do that in one season? Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Sam McDowell and Pedro Martinez. Not bad company. The Arsenal Darvish sports an astounding nine-pitch cornucopia of pitches to work with (4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, cutter, curveball – with fast and sl...
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